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Old 07-10-2017, 02:50 PM
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McLaren 720s up close in person

I had a chance to look at one up close in person today at my local dealer. I was not able to drive the car as it had been sold. I thought a new thread on the 720s may be better as the other one turns into heavy discussion of depreciation of the brands. Let's try to focus one the merits of the car itself.

The 720s is definitely a major upgrade from the 650s, much more so than the 488 over the 458. My impressions are as follows:

1. Exterior Styling: no more side vents but hidden side air channels instead. Very ingenious and modern. Many cues from the P1 and F1. The so-called 'controversial' headlights are actually quite functionally and aesthetically integrated into the design. The LED lights are all high tech and modern. Overall its appearance speaks 'super car' better than the 650s or 12C. The 'wow' fact is 80% there. This particular car is in Azores Elite (a few shades more red than the previous Volcano Orange) multiple layer paint. Quite stunning in person.

2. CF structure: much better ingress and egress. The side sills also slopes downward towards the front making it much easier to get in and out. They are as least 2-3 inches narrower than the previous models. The CF roof also allows the partial glass roof panels. The interior CF trims are matte finished - a very nice modern, high tech touch with the complimentary matte alcantanara appointments.

3. Workmanship: the wide bold stitching on the seats are very attractive. The cabin has exceptional fit and finish.

4. Interior Styling: Much roomier due to the redesign of the dash and center console. The bridge is now tugged closer to the center dash. The narrower CF tub gives way to a much wider shoulder rooms. The standard seats are very supportive and stylish with contrast color inserts. The retractable LCD/OLED dash screens are as cool as functional - a very nice track focus touch. Glass everywhere! Love the visibility improvement over the 650s.

5. Sound: The sale rep did turn on the car so that I could listen to the optional sports exhaust (see photo: vented exhausted tips). A far better supercar sound than that of the standard exhaust. By design, McLaren wants the 720s to be an overall friendly daily driver, hence the 'luxury' package and a muted exhaust. The sport exhaust is way to go - deep and 'throaty'...almost make you forget that this is a turbo!

This particular car is highly optioned with CF, sport exhaust, telemetry, alcantara trims, etc. MSRP: $339K. The car starts from $288, with almost every available options, to $360K.

Those who have not seen one in person ought to do so before making any judgment. I personally think the 720s is a serious contender to the 488. I'll try to update this post once I have a chance to test drive one in the near future but I double very much that I will not be impressed. I will definitely pass on my 488 order and give McLaren a try.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:53 PM
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I personally love it!!
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:19 PM
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Nice write up thanks!
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:45 PM
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Car's exterior looks like an orange beetle that has been squashed...

I'm sure the specs are over the top, but as far as looks go, that is a major factor for many of us in this price category.

Good luck with your order and enjoy it to the fullest!
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:46 PM
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:42 PM
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I saw a 720S here in Chichester (UK) just after launch, we're a couple of miles from Goodwood so see all the new McLaren's being tested. It's incredibly low in the flesh, it's exotic in the way an F is more conservative. I have to say though that the big mac isn't up to the quality of the F just yet, especially in the interior. It's still an amazing car, but there's a few years of development before it can match a Ferrari. Incredible how far they've come in such a short space of time.
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I drove one 2,000 miles and on track -- its insanely great!
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:54 PM
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Thanks for the pictures and your impressions.
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:30 PM
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This is the wrong forum and should be moved to McLaren section.
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:33 PM
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This is the wrong forum and should be moved to McLaren section.
I'm surprised it lasted this long lol
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:02 PM
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I am sure it looks better in person but for me I still prefer a red Ferrari anytime. But again this is a Ferrari forum. Might have better luck on mac forum.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:56 PM
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:02 PM
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:07 PM
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too much going on. i cannot seem to get a complete vision of the design. all the vents and wings and shaded and recessed areas. i am sure it somehow works in the wind tunnel, but it does nothing for me.

frankly none of the maclaren products move the needle for me.

nb. i dont like the 488 either.
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:10 PM
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Just realized "tobewiser" ....buying a mac over a Ferrari no very wise. LOL
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One trend I hope Ferrari never picks up


This idea that you need to hide the engine. I'm not talking about the lack of glass. I'm talking about literally sealing the engine away so you can't look at it unless you're a technician.

The engine is still the heart of a Ferrari. You need to be able to see it and show it off if you want to.
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This idea that you need to hide the engine. I'm not talking about the lack of glass. I'm talking about literally sealing the engine away so you can't look at it unless you're a technician.

The engine is still the heart of a Ferrari. You need to be able to see it and show it off if you want to.
That happened a long time ago. Starting with the 599 when the moved the engine to mid-front design. Same with 488 & 458 spyder, you're looking at a lot of fancy plastic. The last great engine to look at was the 360CS IMO. Everyone is moving the engine lower and more central. The 720S engine is practically dragging on the ground. You can't see it not because they don't want you to, but rather is not in a suitable viewing position.

I do miss that feature as well. Which is one of many reasons old cars are just so cool. Unfortunately it's not compatible with today's ultra sports cars.
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Just not pretty enough.
Agreed, especially the font and back angles. The side profile is much better and a huge improvement over the 650S.
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That happened a long time ago. Starting with the 599 when the moved the engine to mid-front design. Same with 488 & 458 spyder, you're looking at a lot of fancy plastic. The last great engine to look at was the 360CS IMO. Everyone is moving the engine lower and more central. The 720S engine is practically dragging on the ground. You can't see it not because they don't want you to, but rather is not in a suitable viewing position.

I do miss that feature as well. Which is one of many reasons old cars are just so cool. Unfortunately it's not compatible with today's ultra sports cars.


BTW: Behold! ENGINE! Something you will never see in the 570s or the 720s
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too much going on. i cannot seem to get a complete vision of the design. all the vents and wings and shaded and recessed areas. i am sure it somehow works in the wind tunnel, but it does nothing for me.

frankly none of the maclaren products move the needle for me.

nb. i dont like the 488 either.
saw in in the flesh in Geneva and locally - the design gives me a headache - just too busy as u say
dont own a 488 either
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